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A great education opens the door to a bright future.

The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office staff accepts financial aid forms and documents via email, fax at 847-608-5460 or mail. We will be awarded financial aid during this time and, if you are eligible for any grants, we will email you and let you know that you have been awarded. If you are not eligible for a grant and need a student loan, please email financialaid@elgin.edu. We can answer questions about your financial aid and we will contact you directly.


If you are awarded a Foundation or Board of Trustees Academic scholarship you will receive an email confirming which scholarship(s) you receive and the amount(s). Applications are still being accepted, and you can visit the Scholarships page to apply.

At Elgin Community College, we're committed to making that education as affordable as possible. At the cost of $132* per credit hour, your dreams are attainable. We'll help you pay for college with flexible payment plans and assist you with financial aid and scholarships.

An Unbeatable Value

Tuition at ECC is a fraction of the cost you'd pay anywhere else. You can save thousands of dollars over the price of a public or private university—and still get an outstanding education that will expand your opportunities and your earning power.

Financial Aid

We offer financial aid options that can bring your costs down even further:

  • Grants are need-based awards.
  • Scholarships are gift aid, meaning they are a free resource you do not repay.
  • Student employment allows you to earn money while working on campus.
  • Federal loans are available for students and/or parents. This type of funding must be repaid according to the terms specified by the loan program.

We encourage you to apply for financial aid, even if you're not sure you'll qualify. On average, 80 percent of eligible students who completed an ECC Foundation scholarship application by June receive a scholarship.

Pay Your Bill Over Time

If you're not prepared to pay your tuition in full before classes begin, pay in installments through one of our no-interest payment plans. A $30 non-refundable service fee per semester applies to the use of the payment plan. It's a convenient and low-cost way to fund your education and manage your budget. Sign up early to get the best options. 

Financial $marts

Tuition bills and financial aid applications can be confusing, but we can help. Our Financial Literacy Program offers free workshops and resources to help you navigate the options and set a budget. Questions? Let us know. We're here for you every step of the way.